Praise for The Frank Show
Mackintosh s busy, helter-skelter images contribute mightily to the story s humor and emotional honesty, but it s the willful personalities of both of these protagonists that make it stand out.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This humorous and heartwarming tale will inspire children to seek out their own grandparents' treasure trove of stories."
Shelf-Awareness, starred review
"Pore over the funny details, soak in the humor (the things-were-a-lot-tougher-in-my-day spread had me in stitches), appreciate the very specific mood Mackintosh so successfully creates in this story, and delight in the illustration, lettering and overall design, all handled by the talented and overachieving Mackintosh."
Kirkus Reviews blog
"Mackintosh writes with irreverence, and his illustrations are packed with prickly humor... But Mackintosh also draws with emotional sensitivity and empathy."
The New York Times online
"Old-timey gripes gain zest from Mr. Mackintosh's exuberant and colorful collage illustrations."
The Wall Street Journal
"Complete with lively pen-and-ink illustrations, this offbeat picture book is sure to become a family favorite. Along the way, it may prompt children to wonder what exciting details their grandparents have yet to reveal about their own life stories."
"The cartoon illustrations are very funny. Frank s oversize glasses with a missing right temple enhance the mood. A sweet story that proves that elderly relatives can be cool after all."
School Library Journal
"As a lover of vintage and vintage-inspired children s books, I was instantly enamored with The Frank Show by British illustrator and designer David Mackintosh a charming homage to grandparents and the art of seeing beneath the grumpy exterior."
"The art is appealing as well; digitally created scenes pulls together planes of vivid color, a multitude of small elements outlined in black scrawls, and elements of collage."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Reminding readers that everyone has a story to tell, this picture book is fun to read while providing insight into human character."
Reading Today Online
GOLD - Parents' Choice Award Winner, Picture Books
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-09
- Reviewer: Staff
As in Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School, British author/illustrator Mackintosh presents a story of an ordinary boy being won over, reluctantly, by someone outside the mainstream. In this case, it’s the narrator’s grandfather, Frank, a quintessentially cantankerous specimen of a man who believes things were better in the good ol’ days. “These days there are too many gadgets and gizmos,” Frank types out on a green “Prehistoric” brand typewriter. “I prefer doing things the old-fashioned way.” When the boy has to talk for “one full minute” about a family member for show-and-tell, Frank is his only option (“Mom was very busy and Dad had had a very long day”). The boy approaches show-and-tell like a prisoner headed for the gallows (Mackintosh draws him all alone in gray, while his classmates laugh and shout in color on the opposing page), but there’s more to Frank than his grandson realizes. Mackintosh’s busy, helter-skelter images contribute mightily to the story’s humor and emotional honesty, but it’s the willful personalities of both of these protagonists that make it stand out. Ages 5–7. (Aug.)